Thirsty? Your body may be trying to tell you something, so listen up! When the sensation of thirst is triggered, your body is asking for a refill. Why? Water is responsible for keeping your body functioning normally. Yep, you need it to live. Dehydration of as little as 2% loss of body weight can affect your health and well-being. Water is essential for the proper circulation of nutrients to the body. Think of it as your body’s transportation system, without enough water, or when you experience dehydration, essential vitamins and minerals can’t get where they need to go. Water is crucial to your digestive health. Our digestive system uses water to flush out waste and eliminate toxins. It helps dissolve fats and soluble fiber. Add in fiber, and it helps prevent constipation, too. Water helps regulate your body temperature. Think about how you feel when you have a fever or after an intense workout. Your heart’s pumping, your muscles are aching and you’re sweating pretty heavily. Sweat is your body’s way of lowering your temperature and cooling down. Water helps keep your joints fluid and moving sufficiently. Often times, joint pain is experienced because you need to drink more water to keep your joints lubricated.